# Cosmeo

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- reading comprehension
- spelling
- writing

- algebra
- geometry

- astronomy
- biology
- chemistry

- test prep

###### Pros

Kids can access a variety of learning materials, including videos, exercises, and games; adults can monitor their activity.###### Cons

The site has a monthly fee, multiple plug-ins are required, and only teachers can see standards-alignment information.###### Bottom Line

Cosmeo offers plenty of content but would be a stronger resource if users could get better feedback about scores and progress.Educators can view which activities kids have accessed. Game scores should appear on the dashboard, but reporting is inconsistent. Adults can also block material that contains certain keywords, or block specific sections of the site.

Use Cosmeo to encourage students to do extra reading about certain topics, or utilize the site's practice exercises outside of class. You could also show the site's videos during class as a way to support curriculum-based lessons. If students are using the site on their own, controls allow teachers block certain words from searches and monitor students' viewing history on the site.

Teachers who are very familiar with their state's standards with will likely have an easier time using Cosmeo; subtopics correlate to various standards, but the site's videos are the only items that are clearly identified by standard.

Read More Read LessBilled as an online homework-help service, the Discovery Channel's Cosmeo has a plethora of material to help kids extend learning beyond the classroom, including interactive games, videos, slideshows, tutorials, and other educational items. Students (presumably along with their parents) must register with the site in order to access the home page and resources.

Content is grouped by subject area (science, math, social studies, English, health, art, and music), and every section also contains additional, more specific topics. For example, if you click on chemistry in the science section, you'll also see a list of more specific subjects, like molecules and compounds. Users can also view content by grade level groups (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12). Once logged in, students' main pages will also display a number of clickable extra features, like links to games, explorations, videos, and a "Today in History" section.

Read More Read LessCosmeo's varied materials present information in diverse, often personalized ways. Interactive exercises help kids practice a variety of academic skills. Many of the exercises include a lesson on the topic, as well as feedback to kids' responses. Users can easily save videos, articles, and other items to a folder to organize research. A number of sections list related videos for extra instruction, and kids can jot down on-screen notes for future reference.

Controls let teachers and parents block content, as well as view a child's access history, if desired. The site claims to display kids' game scores; however, functionality here seems a bit shaky. For teachers, more specific and detailed reports on students' use would be a very useful tool. Some of the games require extra plug-ins, and while site is optimized for Windows, Mac users may not have the smoothest experience. With limits on registration for free student accounts, some teachers may hesitate to use the site. Nevertheless, for a limited number of students -- or those with their own access -- Cosmeo can be a helpful resource for extended learning and support.

Read More Read Less## Key Standards Supported

## Reading Informational | |

RI.6: Key Ideas and Details | |

RI.6.1 | Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

RI.6.2 | Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments. |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RI.6.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. |

RI.7: Key Ideas and Details | |

RI.7.1 | Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

RI.7.2 | Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RI.7.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. |

RI.8: Key Ideas and Details | |

RI.8.1 | Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

RI.8.2 | Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text. |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RI.8.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. |

## Reading Literature | |

RL.6: Key Ideas and Details | |

RL.6.1 | Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RL.6.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. |

RL.7: Key Ideas and Details | |

RL.7.1 | Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

RL.7.3 | Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RL.7.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. |

RL.8: Craft and Structure | |

RL.8.4 | Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. |

Key Ideas and Details | |

RL.8.1 | Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. |

RL.8.3 | Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. |

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity | |

RL.8.10 | By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. |

## Speaking & Listening | |

SL.6: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas | |

SL.6.4 | Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. |

SL.6.5 | Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information. |

SL.7: Comprehension and Collaboration | |

SL.7.1c | Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed. |

SL.7.2 | Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study. |

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas | |

SL.7.5 | Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points. |

SL.8: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas | |

SL.8.4 | Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. |

SL.8.5 | Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. |

## Writing | |

W.6: Research to Build and Present Knowledge | |

W.6.9 | Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. |

Text Types and Purposes | |

W.6.1b | Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. |

W.6.2 | Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. |

W.6.2b | Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. |

W.7: Production and Distribution of Writing | |

W.7.5 | With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. |

Research to Build and Present Knowledge | |

W.7.8 | Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. |

Text Types and Purposes | |

W.7.1 | Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. |

W.7.1b | Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. |

W.8: Production and Distribution of Writing | |

W.8.6 | Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others. |

Text Types and Purposes | |

W.8.1 | Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. |

W.8.1b | Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. |

W.8.2a | Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. |

W.8.2b | Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. |

## Expressions And Equations | |

6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions. | |

6.EE.1 | Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents. |

6.EE.4 | Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions y + y + y and 3y are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number y stands for. |

7.EE: Solve Real-Life And Mathematical Problems Using Numerical And Algebraic Expressions And Equations. | |

7.EE.3 | Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making $25 an hour gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or $2.50, for a new salary of $27.50. If you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact computation. |

7.EE.4 | Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. |

8.EE: Work With Radicals And Integer Exponents. | |

8.EE.1 | Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 32 × 3–5 = 3–3 = 1/33 = 1/27. |

8.EE.2 | Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x2 = p and x3 = p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that √2 is irrational. |

## Geometry | |

6.G: Solve Real-World And Mathematical Problems Involving Area, Surface Area, And Volume. | |

6.G.1 | Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems. |

7.G: Draw, Construct, And Describe Geometrical Figures And Describe The Relationships Between Them. | |

7.G.1 | Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. |

## Ratios And Proportional Relationships | |

6.RP: Understand Ratio Concepts And Use Ratio Reasoning To Solve Problems. | |

6.RP.3 | Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations. |

7.RP: Analyze Proportional Relationships And Use Them To Solve Real-World And Mathematical Problems. | |

7.RP.2 | Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. |

## Statistics And Probability | |

7.SP: Investigate Chance Processes And Develop, Use, And Evaluate Probability Models. | |

7.SP.6 | Approximate the probability of a chance event by collecting data on the chance process that produces it and observing its long-run relative frequency, and predict the approximate relative frequency given the probability. For example, when rolling a number cube 600 times, predict that a 3 or 6 would be rolled roughly 200 times, but probably not exactly 200 times. |

Use Random Sampling To Draw Inferences About A Population. | |

7.SP.2 | Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions. For example, estimate the mean word length in a book by randomly sampling words from the book; predict the winner of a school election based on randomly sampled survey data. Gauge how far off the estimate or prediction might be. |

## The Number System | |

6.NS: Compute Fluently With Multi-Digit Numbers And Find Common Factors And Multiples. | |

6.NS.2 | Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. |

6.NS.3 | Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. |

7.NS: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Operations With Fractions To Add, Subtract, Multiply, And Divide Rational Numbers. | |

7.NS.1 | Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram. |

7.NS.2.c | Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide rational numbers. |

7.NS.2.d | Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division; know that the decimal form of a rational number terminates in 0s or eventually repeats. |

8.NS: Know That There Are Numbers That Are Not Rational, And Approximate Them By Rational Numbers. | |

8.NS.2 | Use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate them approximately on a number line diagram, and estimate the value of expressions (e.g., π2). For example, by truncating the decimal expansion of √2, show that √2 is between 1 and 2, then between 1.4 and 1.5, and explain how to continue on to get better approximations. |

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- Cosmeo- Out of this world "extra" resource for further learning!4November 29, 2014